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Big moment: Ian McKelvie addresses his supporters after becoming the MP for
Rangitikei. Wife Sue is at his side.
Photo: LEILANI HATCH
Rangitikei MP to work
'across the divide'
By JIMMY ELLINGHAM
At 59 years of age, National's new
Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie says he
is naive'' enough to try to work
across political boundaries during
his first term in parliament.
As expected, the Manawatu Dis-
trict mayor of nine years easily won
a seat in parliament, getting double
the votes of his closest rival,
Labour's Josie Pagani.
The margin was narrower than
the 12,000 majority achieved by the
retiring Simon Power, but Mr
McKelvie was not bothered about
He received 16,852 votes, com-
pared with the 8111 won by Mrs
Speaking to supporters in the St
John's Church hall in Feilding on
Saturday, Mr McKelvie outlined his
He said those who have must give
a hand up to those who haven't, and
nobody can operate effectively with
an unhappy workforce.
Over the next three years Mr
McKelvie, who is expected to retire
from the mayoralty, hopes to work
across the political divide.
He lavished praise on Prime Min-
ister John Key.
He's an extraordinary man . . .
we in New Zealand realise we have
a gem and must take advantage of
it.''Mr Power gave his replacement
two bits of advice:
Throw away every piece of red
clothing you own and, when in Wel-
lington, don't forget the people who
put you there.''
Mrs Pagani is pleased to have
gained some ground in the elector-
ate, so it wouldn't be forgotten about
by the government.
She said Mr McKelvie is a good
leader who will do a good job as MP.
I hope that he's heeded the mess-
age that I have got in the electorate
-- that jobs are the most important
Ian McKelvie (National) 16,852; Josie
Pagani (Labour) 8111; Maree
Brannigan (Green) 1849; Ian
Robertson (Conservative) 1095;
Hayden Fitzgerald (ACT) 251; Peter
Cleave (Mana) 100; Charles Turner
(Independent) 83; Grant Seton
Tripled majority for
We did it: Re-elected Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway hugs supporter
Ros Powell on election night.
Photo: ROBERT KITCHIN
By MATHEW GROCOTT
Manawatu's city and country MPs
will look to work together in Parlia-
ment despite coming from opposite
sides of the political divide.
Labour's Iain Lees-Galloway
retained Palmerston North with an
increased majority while National's
Ian McKelvie became the new MP
Mr Lees-Galloway received
15,097 votes to the 12,096 of
National candidate Leonie Hapeta.
He increased his 2008 majority of
1117 to 3001 on Saturday night
with special votes still to be
Mr Lees-Galloway said the
Rangitikei and Palmerston North
MPs had a tradition of working
together on issues that affected
Manawatu and he was sure that
Mr McKelvie was very approach-
able and a decent chap'', he said.
We'll be able to continue on the
tradition of the Palmerston North
and Rangitikei MPs working
together on local issues,'' Mr Lees-
We'll work together where it's
Mr McKelvie said he had got to
know Mr Lees-Galloway over the
past three years and there was
plenty of opportunity for the pair to
It's better (for Manawatu) if we
can be on the same page, it's going
to help our case.''
One of the first issues the two
MPs will need to work on is the
Manawatu Gorge which has been
closed to traffic for more than 100
days due to slips.
Mr Lees-Galloway said he would
look to keep pressure on National to
keep its campaign promise of
investigating how to make the route
between Manawatu and Tararua
Mr McKelvie said the priority
should be on clearing the slips and
reopening the state highway. An
alternative route would be nice but
would likely be expensive.
Mr Lees-Galloway has called for a
cost analysis of the various options
for upgrades both to the road
through the Gorge and to the
Palmerston North results: Iain
Lees-Galloway (Labour) 15,097;
Leonie Hapeta (National) 12,096;
Corrina Tucker (Green) 1240; Andrew
Marquet (Conservative) 629; Daniel
Stratton (ACT) 136; Sultan Eusoff
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